There was a judicial sitting of the House yesterday morning. It followed the usual procedures. However, upstairs on the second floor where the law lords are located, everything is not as usual. Packing is already under way in preparation for the move to the Supreme Court.
The House will rise in just over two weeks. When we resume in October, the law lords will have decanted the building. As a result of assiduous research (I bumped into a law lord in the lift) I have some knowledge of the timescale: ‘The crates arrive on 15 July’.
I for one will be sorry to see the law lords go. There has been a benefit having them located in the Palace, a benefit for us and I believe for them. I was not persuaded of the case for the change. Neither were several of the law lords. Although there is no significant change in powers – the move is primarily physical – I nonetheless fear that it may result in some change in the relationship between the court and the executive, leaving the court exposed without the House of Lords being able to act as something of a buffer between the two. We shall see.